+ Traditional Christian Hymns and Spiritual songs from the Trinity Hymnal, lyrics, midis and PDF. - Titles index page. Original Trinity Hymnal Lyrics (PDF FORMAT); MIDI files for the entire Trinity Hymnal (ZIP FORMAT). Individual MIDI files for Trinity Hymnal songs (by page. The Orthodox Presbyterian Church has provided a very helpful resource by including the Trinity Hymnal on its website.Â This is much more.
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Complete, fully searchable information about Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.), with printable scores, MIDI files, and page scans. Trinity Hymnal Resources. About the Hymnal. The original Trinity Hymnal was published in and is widely used in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and. Original Trinity Hymnal Lyrics. #1. Psalm All people that on earth do dwell,. Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;. Him serve with fear, his praise forth-tell.
Young reformed ministers sometimes struggle with patience in their first pastorate. We enter pastorates with a laundry list of reforms, which we too often rush to implement. Instruct your church on the benefit, command, and significance to singing the Psalms. Exposit texts like Ephesians or Colossians In a Sunday school lesson or in the public preaching ministry, provide your people with a conceptual framework for Psalm-singing. If members of our churches share this vision, they will follow us more willingly, as we lead them in Psalm-singing. Find a practical way to introduce a couple of Psalms to your church.
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We also decided not to print music, in order to keep it slim, but also because of another of my biases, which is that I think that there is great value in seeing the message of the Psalm in paragraph form or in stanzas rather than broken up by the music score. And it was interesting.
Louis Benson, who was the great American hymnologist at the turn of the century, had a hand in The Presbyterian Hymnbook which was produced at that time.
He fought for having one line of words in the hymnbook, with all of the words beneath…do you see what I'm saying? He thought it was so important that you be able to see and comprehend the message of the hymn, and breaking it up into the musical score inhibited that. But he wanted most of the words underneath the musical score. He lost that debate!
And that's not what we've done. But I especially found this. My inward substance Thou did see, the days that were ordained for me Were written in Thy book each one, When as then there was none. I don't think this is the best.
I think the best would be to have the musical score with a line of the words within the musical score, and the words beneath so that you would have music and words together. But life's full of compromises, and The Trinity Psalter is, you know, one of those compromises, and hopefully a product that is going to be most serviceable to the church. So that's why it looks as it does. It was produced by the old United Presbyterian Church, which at that time was exclusively Psalm-singing and The Psalter, which took the and revised it slightly.
So it goes back to those two sources. All in all, then, we have a psalter that the tunes are fairly familiar to hymnal-using PCA congregations. The words are words that are historic, that are rooted in our Psalm-singing tradition, and have yet been thoroughly reviewed and selected because they seem to be the optimum in terms of alternatives for the comprehension of congregations today.
So, that said, I think that while there are things that are lawful and may be done in a worship service, I think we always need to remember that the decision to do that one thing is at the same time a decision not to do another thing, and so as I'm going through picking hymns and things that we're going to sing, hymns and Psalms, I'm looking for the best thing…the best thing to sing.
All things considered, what's going to be the best thing to read in our Scripture reading? What's going to be the best thing to sing when we sing? We can't sing everything. We can't read the whole Bible. We have a finite amount of time.
What is the proper balance for each of the elements of worship? How much reading, how much preaching, how much singing, how much praying? I don't want to cheat any one of the elements. You have a finite amount of time. The decision to do one thing is at the same time a decision not to do another thing, so that's one of my assumptions. Another is that my argument for traditional hymnody is not an argument for all traditional hymns.
I think that there are a lot of things that are just flat un-singable, that are difficult, that are too distant from us culturally, and we're not going to get it; or, it's going to take too long, it's going to be too hard.
The argument for traditional hymnody is not an argument for classical music. I think a lot of things that were written by Bach and Handel should not be sung by congregations. They might be good for choirs.
I think a lot that Amy Grant sings should not be sung by congregations. The rhythms are too irregular. As David Hall was saying, you know, contemporary congregations don't sing any more; they moan, because it's so difficult to follow other rhythms of so much of contemporary music! To me the decision is not when it was written. It's not if the words are old, it's not if the music's been around forever.
Is the music good music? Good as defined by what? Well, there are criteria for deciding if music if good. The science of esthetics has been around for about 2, years…at least since Plato there have been criteria that have been discussed by all the major thinkers as to what makes beauty, beauty; and, what makes the things that are ugly, ugly. So there are some criteria, and in the worship service there are criteria for deciding what should be used and what shouldn't.
Can a congregation sing it?
Two, is it biblically and theologically sound? Three, is it biblically and theologically mature? It's biblical — or sort of. Is it mature, as well as being biblically rich and full? Fourth, is it emotionally balanced? Does the music overwhelm the words, or is the music not suited to the words? You know different music produces different kinds of responses.
The Almighty, the King of creation. The group Glad likes to argue that music is interchangeable in that way, but I don't think so. Why did some of David's music soothe Saul? Not all music is soothing. Some of it's very disorienting and disruptive, and produces anxiety. Different music produces different responses.
Some is suited for worship, some is not. Some is suited…the words, the lyrics of a given song and others are not. So there are criteria for deciding what should be sung. The case for traditional hymnody is not a case for every traditional hymn in every circumstance. All right, here's my argument. Look at your outline. Follow the pronouns.
Look at contemporary songs. Whatever you say about them, in the end it all ends up being about me, and not in the way the Psalms are. It is my subjectivity in light of God's objectivity and who God is. But it just seems that with so much of the contemporary stuff it all is really about me, and with traditional hymnody it's not.
It's all about God, and that's a good thing. That's what worship is supposed to be. It's supposed to be about the praise and the worship of God, and confessing to God, and so forth. David Wells has run some of the numbers. I think that's in The Case for Truth…but he's run some of the numbers. No Place for Truth! This is the case for traditional songs. He talked about no place for truth. In traditional hymnody, you know, it's a significantly higher percentage. The whole range of biblical and theological themes are dealt with.
But that's just one of a half a dozen hymns that talk about the imputation of Christ's righteousness. Any theological theme that you care to discuss probably has a hymn in the hymnal. The hymnal is filled with Scripture. It has a breadth of themes; it is rich in Scriptural content. I would urge you to follow the trajectory from the Romantic era somewhere in the nineteenth century to the present day, and measure biblical content in the worship services of the people of God as you move from metrical psalmody to the didactic, theologically rich hymns of the eighteenth century of Watts, and Wesley, and Doddridge, and Toplady, into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and then into the contemporary worship scene.
Follow the trajectory in terms of biblical content in what we sing, and you will see a sharp decline, with a drop-off as you come to the present day. Look at the whole worship service and how much biblical content is there in the singing of God's people, and it has been a drastic reduction.
And I think that is an unmitigated disaster for God's people! Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ…sanctified by the truth…truth is evaporating from our songs. So, if it's Bible-filled third , it's gospel-focused that I've just mentioned.
You want to know about the imputation of Christ's righteousness? Sing a traditional hymn. They are gospel-rich, gospel-centered—gospel-driven, shall we say? So, they are rich with Christ-focused content and work well with services that have in mind moving from praise to confession, to the cross and assurance of forgiveness, to thanksgiving for what Christ has done, and then leading on into the means of grace.
Fourth, church-honoring. As I've mentioned, this is a treasure of devotional expression.
It is a treasure of musical composition. In the hymnal you have music that was written by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Hayden, Mendelssohn — to name a few. You have lyrics that were written by Ambrose, under whose preaching Augustine was converted and grew as a young Christian. You have Gregory the Great.
You have from the Middle Ages, St. You have great leaders, great theologians, and the great poets of the Christian tradition writing the finest devotional expressions that the church has possessed. It's a treasure! It doesn't have to do with when things were written; it has to do with what we now have that is a gift of God to us.
Why would we neglect it? Why would we not expose our people to it?
Why would we choose to only use those things that have been produced in our own generation? I think our generation will make some contributions. I have to say, I don't think the twentieth century was a great century for hymn lyrics.
Not every century has been equally proficient at writing great devotional lyric. It just hasn't been the case, and I don't think the twentieth century was particularly proficient.
Maybe the twenty-first century will do better. I reckon our generation will make its contribution, and those contributions will work their way into the hymnody…into the hymnal. The hymnal is a kind of canon to which each generation gains access as its music and lyrics prove worthy by general acceptance in the church, and I think the use of the hymnal honors that.
I think that PCA congregations ought to be using Trinity hymnals. This is what our leadership deems to be the best that's available by way of a devotional expression and musical excellence.
This honors the movement of the Holy Spirit over the last two thousand years in inspiring the music and the lyrics of the church.
This is the church's tradition. This is the church's culture. This is not the music of my father's generation; if it were I mentioned this last year, I think , Benny Goodman would be in here, right? This is not their book! This is the book of the whole church, and when people get converted we introduce them to the tradition. We expose them to the treasury. We initiate them into the richness of devotional expression that God has given to the church, and to the musical excellence that He has given to us as well.
So, the hymnal honors the church. And then, fifthly, Spirit-dependent. That's more of an argument for traditional worship, but you know there are five or six major prayers that are in a traditional worship service.
The hymnody of the church corresponds well with those prayers. As well, there are a number of hymns that deal directly with the third Person of the Trinity — His praise, His work as the one who applies redemption — and so the Holy Spirit is honored as well as we express our dependence on the Spirit through use of the hymnal.
Here's what I recommend to you. Study the hymnal. I just am amazed how many people reject the hymnal who have no idea what's in it, and I think that's especially true for my generation down. I think that for many, many pastors in the PCA, they got converted in college.
They went off to seminary and into the church. The only thing they know is what they sang in small group studies. They have no idea what's in the hymnal.
Never studied the hymnal. It's almost willful and culpable ignorance, I would say. I just urge you to study the hymnal. Get a pianist and work your way through every hymn. Listen to the music, read the words. Learn the hymnal. Learn the genre of the hymnal. Learn the history of the hymns and the uses of the hymns.
Third, I'd encourage a hymn or Psalm of the month, and use it every week. Encourage their use in family devotions. And in the attachment there, there's a calendar for a ten-year period for use of Psalms and hymns to introduce to your congregations.
Brief introductions — I think it helps. Very brief introductions, in my opinion! A couple of lines to introduce a metrical Psalm, to introduce a hymn. Just enough to stimulate interest.
Not a dissertation, just a short introduction to what's being sung. It's really helped with the Psalms. Just to give a little context and explanation has helped very much with our singing of metrical Psalms.
First Presbyterian…I don't know if you've put them on your website…but they have produced a lot of introductions, short introductions. I commend them to you. I gave you some of those last year; I'm still working on them, but I think they help. They help to cultivate an appreciation for the hymnal and the psalter.
Hymns Triumphant, I think, still is the leader in its class. You have two CD's…72 outstanding hymns. If you really want people to learn the genre, this is easy listening. This really is as responsible as anything for teaching me the hymnal. I highly commend it to you.
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